Christabel Addo/Abdulai Haruna, GNA
Accra, Jan. 22, GNA
– The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) on Wednesday launched its Five-year
Corporate Plan (2020-2024), which outlines an ambitious journey for the Service
with a concentrated and revitalised effort.
The Plan sets the
stage for the GSS to meet Ghana’s needs and drive evidence-based
decision-making and planning using responsive and timely analysis that shines
light on disparities of those left behind, and celebrate the successes that
modern Ghana continues to enjoy.
Professor Samuel K.
Annim, the Government Statistician, at the launch in Accra, said to achieve the
target, the GSS had five strategic goals, which included the building of a
responsive, capable and motivated human resource based on a revised
He mentioned the
other goals as mobilising financial resources and control cost to bridge
funding gaps; ensuring full integration of information communication and
technology (ICT) solutions in the operations of GSS; creating an
inter-operable, capacitated and resourceful National Statistical System (NSS); and
improving the production and use of official statistics for national
development and planning.
Prof. Annim said the
demand for data worldwide was now greater, “whether it is to hold those in
power to account, or to inform national development policy and planning that
will help those most in need. Data is an essential part of democracy and the
basis for decision making.”
He said within
Ghana, the economy was rapidly changing, and expectations continued to grow
from data users and other stakeholders who depended on the GSS for timely,
accurate and trusted information for planning and evidence-based decision
Prof. Annim said the
GSS’s new Corporate Plan sets out how it would lead the efficient collection,
production, management and dissemination of quality Official Statistics to
provide the country with the needed data for the achievement of the tenets of
“The Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies,
facilitate the ‘Beyond Aid’ agenda, and track Ghana’s performance of
international development indicators notably the African Union Agenda 2063 and
the Sustainable Development Goals.
Again, to support
national development, the Plan outlines how the GSS would continue to use
cutting edge approaches to statistical production and analysis, ensuring that
all its outputs are produced to international standards and compiled by
competent and motivated staff.
“This is a huge
aspiration for Ghana too, and the GSS’ Plan is a call to action for other
statistical producers and users of Ghana’s data for timelier, more granular and
relevant statistical information that better informs and tracks national progress
towards development agendas,” Prof. Annim said.
In addition to
supporting this Plan, the Government had shown its commitment and vision for
data with the introduction of the new Statistical Service Act (Act 1003), which
was passed in 2019.
Prof. Annim said the
Act serves as a key mechanism for harnessing the changes in the approaches used
by the GSS to collect and produce statistical information at the national
This includes new
ways and use of non-traditional statistical information and data such as big
data, satellite imagery, administrative data, and commercial data.
Consequently, GSS is
looking forward to a renewed focus on engagement with all sectors to ensure
that data continues to be used for evidence-based decision making.
The Plan, Prof.
Annim said, also recognised the role Ghana must play at the continental and
global levels and highlighted the importance of good statistical information in
today’s changing world.
Dr Grace Bediako,
the Board Chairperson, Ghana Statistical Service, said the new GSS Act 1003,
2019 gave clear autonomy to the Service with a Board of Directors who report
directly to the Office of the President, compared to what pertained previously.
She said data and
information provided the trust, transparency and integrity that society must
demand for evidence-based decision making.
Dr Bediako called
for enhanced investment by the Government for the true measurement of national
development and things that mattered to citizens.
This would ensure
that the policy and international development interventions in Ghana were
reaching the right people, in the right places, so that no-one was left behind,
Mr Carsten Zangenberg,
the Director of Administration, Statistics Denmark, recounted his country’s
journey towards the development of sound data and statistical information to
drive government policies for efficient public administration and better
resources for citizens.
He said Statistics
Denmark was working with the GSS to improve the collection and use of